Author: Sarah Perez

Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

 Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile, and will now include News Feed integration. Read More

Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions

 Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook users are now able to surface recommendations of nearby places – like “dinner nearby” or “bars nearby,” for example  – by entering a query in… Read More

Fam raises $1.8 million for its iMessage-based group video chat app

 The iMessage App Store may have its struggles, but one app aimed at bringing group video chat into the iMessage experience is reportedly taking off. Boston-based Smack, the company behind the video chat app called Fam, has raised $1.8 million in funding from a range of investors for its top 25 Social Networking app on the App Store that allows groups to chat with one another via iMessage… Read More

Facebook rolls out seasonal greetings at the top of the News Feed

 Facebook’s News Feed is getting a little more colorful today. Its “Goodwill” team – which is behind efforts like Friends Day and various messages at the top of the feed, including the recently added Weather greetings – is now rolling out new animations to denote the changing seasons. Starting today, people may begin to see an animated message with birds… Read More

Facebook’s new “Town Hall” feature helps you find and contact your government reps

 In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s nearly 6,000-word manifesto published last month, he laid out a number of global ambitions he had for the social network in the days ahead – including one where its users became more “civically-engaged” and voted more often. Now, it seems Facebook has taken its first steps toward making that possible, through a new feature… Read More

YouTube launches Uptime, an experimental app for watching videos with friends

 Looking to turn watching YouTube videos into a more social experience, a team from Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, have launched Uptime, an app that lets you watch videos together with your friends. The app is initially available only for iOS devices, and it feels very different from the standard YouTube experience. The app has a youthful, lively design and includes… Read More

Twitch to relaunch Curse, acquired last year, as the more social Twitch Desktop App

 Hot on the heels of rolling out its own version of Twitter, called Pulse, video game streaming site Twitch today announced its new desktop application, Twitch Desktop App. This is actually a rebranding of Curse App – an application Twitch acquired from the video game community and software maker Curse last year. Twitch says the now “enhanced” app will include community… Read More